At a time when so-called ‘colorblindness’ is used as an excuse for everything from limits in entry into employment, minority-blocking changes to voting districts and yes, even attempts to erase the cultural contributions of Latinos to United States history [AZ, anyone?] you better believe our LATISM had a mouthful of tweet-thoughts to dole out about that word that shall not be spoken: RACISM.
At last night’s LATISM party, they deconstructed the topic from all sides: from stories of being discriminated agaisnt, to national celebrations of “minority” holidays, to internalized racism and that most sacrilegous of aspects to it: Latino on Latino racism. Yes, we “discovered”, we do it to our own kind too [GASP!].
9,388,296 impressions later, over two hours of passionate conversation [which you can read about on our Latino Racial Mosaic LATISM Party Transcript], we may have differed on our approaches as to how to best handle the situation, and our reasoning for the causes of it. One thing became clear, though, and I think our friend @UrbanJibaro said it better: In the end, we are all just “human [s] who happen to be Latino.”
Read at the end for this week’s homework for combating racism in our community, and get into action. In the meantime, enjoy this short selection of tweets from last night’s convo:
THIS WEEK’S HOMEWORK:
- Watch: Stay in the loop about local stories or incidences of racism. Develop a healthy awareness of racism’s many guises.
- Preach: Ok, maybe not in the literal sense, but spread the word through family members and others who may not be aware of potentially racist situations. Make sure that your children, your family and those around you understand the subtle ways in which racism manifests itself and how to respond to it.
- Write: If you identify a potentially racist situation, write a letter to the editor of your local print and online news publication, community radio or online radio station, blog, or use social media to gather support. Feel free to contact LATISM as well if you need our support to speak up for our community.
- Advocate: Contact local community centers to find out about organizing efforts near you. Contact your local representatives and let them know what is going on. Share their contact information with others.
Here’s a Congress Contact List in Spanish and English: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
What other ways/resources can you think of in order to combat racism? Let us know about it in the comments!